Accession Number : ADA315056

Title :   VLSI Testability Synthesis Tool.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 13 Apr 93-26 Feb 96,

Corporate Author : WRIGHT STATE UNIV DAYTON OH DEPT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Chen, Chien-In H. ; Yuen, Joel ; Yang, Ray

PDF Url : ADA315056

Report Date : FEB 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 251

Abstract : The VTST project developed a set of Built-In-Self-Test (BIST) methodologies and implemented them in the VTST Computer Aided Design (CAD) toolset. These test methodologies include a pseudo- exhaustive parallel BIST technique that utilizes an efficient test signal reduction method for combinational circuits based on Dr. Chen's research. This technique reduces the size of the test pattern generator (TPG) and the number of test patterns required for a given Circuit Under Test (CUT). Dr. Chen's method was extended to include methods for testing storage elements, i.e., sequential circuits. The VTST toolset includes a non-scan circular BIST method, full and partial-scan methodologies, and circular BIST combined with pseudo-partial scan. Programs are included for fault simulation, partitioning circuits into subcircuits to improve fault coverage, removing redundant faults, synthesizing BIST circuits, and automatically inserting the BIST circuits into the original circuit. The VTST toolset interfaces with LSI Logic's CMDE CAD toolset, generating BlST'ed circuits in LSI's NDL format. A VHDL parser is included that allows VHDL designs to be input to VTST; VHDL output can also be generated. The tools are hosted on a Sun workstation and permit concurrent engineering use on multiple machines. Several test circuits were processed to verify correct operation.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN, *VERY LARGE SCALE INTEGRATION, *CIRCUIT TESTERS, TEST AND EVALUATION, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, SYNTHESIS, TOOLS, INTERFACES, TEST METHODS, SEQUENCES, CONCURRENT ENGINEERING, MACHINES, STORAGE, LOGIC, REDUNDANCY, TOOL KITS, FAULTS, PARSERS, DATA PROCESSING TERMINALS, PATTERN MAKING.

Subject Categories : Electrical and Electronic Equipment
      Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE